Congressional Event Hosted on Sept. 9 Will Support Awareness of Young Women, Breast Cancer & Wasserman Schultz' EARLY Act

At Capitol Hill Gathering, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Speak on Young Women’s Breast Health and the EARLY Act immediately before President Obama’s Address to Joint Session of Congress on Health Care Reform. With momentum building for legislation that would fund the EARLY Act’s educational programs about young women and breast cancer, the Tigerlily Foundation will host a congressional reception Sept. 9 on Capitol Hill.

Reston, VA, September 07, 2009 --( Tigerlily Foundation's Congressional Reception, which is immediately before President Barack Obama’s address to a joint session of Congress, will be from 5-8 PM in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room B-338. The event is free but attendees must pre-register at on the Events page.

The Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act (EARLY) Act has more than 360 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and more than 30 in the Senate.

Keynote speaker at the Sept. 9 event will be Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D.-Fla.), a breast cancer survivor and author of the EARLY Act (H.R. 1740; S.994). Honorary Congressional co-chairs of the Tigerlily Foundation event are Sens. Diane Feinstein (D.-Calif.), Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Mike Johanns (R-NE) and Roland Burris (D.-Ill.), and Reps. Candice Miller (R-Mich.), Ed Campos (D.-Ariz.), James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Lynn Woolsey (D.-Calif.), Bob Etheridge (D-NC) and Rep. John Shadegg (R-Ariz). Chief Senate sponsor of the bill is Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D.-Minn.)

Among speakers at the reception will be Maimah Karmo, a young breast cancer survivor, Founder and CEO of the Tigerlily Foundation; Rep. Jackie Speier (D.-Calif.), Rep. James Clyburn, Rep. Bob Etheridge, and Dr. Gail Lebovic, president of the American Society of Breast Disease.

“More and more young women are getting diagnosed every day. Young women need to be aware of the risks, and be empowered advocates for their own health,” Karmo said. “The EARLY Act is an important piece of legislation that will help to make this a reality and will help to educate the community as a whole. Tigerlily Foundation is 100% dedicated to supporting this issue, and we thank Rep. Wasserman Schultz and all of the Congressional sponsors for their support on behalf of young women everywhere.”

Platinum sponsor of the event is the Gannett Foundation, with Nubian Heritage and Healthy Muse the Gold sponsors. Other event sponsors are: NeoMatrix; Radiology Imaging Associates; the Intercultural Cancer Council; Healthy Muse and Global Woman Magazine.

With $9 million per year in proposed funding for five years, the EARLY Act would implement a national education campaign about the risks that young adult women (under 40) face from breast cancer. The bill would also provide assistance to young women who have the disease.

The legislation has generated widespread support from national breast cancer advocacy organizations including the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me).

About the Tigerlily Foundation
Tigerlily Foundation’s mission is to educate, advocate for, empower and provide hands-on support to young women affected by breast cancer. Most of its funds go directly toward women in treatment who need financial assistance, meals, buddies, education and empowerment.

According to the National Cancer Institute, breast cancer is the leading cause of death in American women ages 15-54. More than 250,000 women age 40 and under in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lives, and more than 11,000 women will be diagnosed next year. Younger women often have more aggressive breast cancers and higher mortality rates. For more information, visit

About Maimah Karmo
Author and activist Maimah Karmo is a breast cancer survivor who was diagnosed at 32. Determined to provide resources to other young women, Karmo founded the Tigerlily Foundation in 2006, and gave the name of a beautiful flower that represents beauty, strength and transformation. She recently appeared on the “Oprah Winfrey Show,” sharing her story and encouraging young women to be their own best advocates when it comes to their health.

Tigerlily Foundation
Maimah Karmo